Sep 23, 2018

Bruins Find Semifinals and Finals After Third Day At ITA Regionals

A Winning Tradition

 
  • One NWC Player of the Year (Spencer Watanabe, 2017-18)
  • One NWC Freshman of the Year (Luke Lemaitre, 2018-19) 
  • Seven Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Seven All-Americans
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes
 

Singles Results | Doubles Results 

WALLA WALLA --- After the third day of competition at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships, the Bruins will send three players into the final four of the singles draw and one duo into the championship round in doubles.

Recap:

The action kicked off in the main singles draw, as the final 16 players battled it out to see who would survive and etch their names into the final four.  

No. 1-seed Luke Lemaitre showcased why he had that top spot, cruising through the sweet 16 to the elite 8 with a decisive, 6-1, 6-0, victory over Whitman's No. 5-seed Tom Chang. Lemaitre grabbed his spot in the final four after defeating Pacific's No. 9-seed Reyn Miyagawa.

On the other side of the court, Keaten Baker also had a great day. The sophomore took down Pacific's Sean Murphy and then pulled off a gutsy win over Whitman's Rajul Chikkalingaiah to make it to the final four.

It's a little bittersweet, though, as Lemaitre and Baker will square off against each other in the semifinals to see who earns a spot at the championship.

On the other side of the bracket, sophomore sensation Will Leach made a great showing to grab the Bruins' third spot in the final four. Leach was spectacular all day with a win over Linfield's Luis Rojas in the sweet 16 and a win over Whitman's Andreas Mueller-Immergluck. Leach will battle it out against Whitman's Ben Kirsh in the semifinals to see if he can see an all Bruin finals for the second year in a row.

When it came time for doubles, the Bruins had a tough time rooting for either side in the semifinals. Thierry Van Os and Payton Namba teamed up to play against fellow teammates Leach and Baker to see who would move on to the finals. The battle was one for the ages, as each side showed no sign of going down easy. Leach and Baker came out on top with an 8-5 victory. The duo will face Whitman's No. 1-seed Kirsh/Chikkalingaiah at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

This marked the first time in the program's history that the Bruins have placed three players inside the final four.

What Comes Next:

The semifinals for singles play will start at 9:30 a.m. with the championship happening at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. After singles, the championship round for doubles will start at 4 p.m.